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Hopewell’s “Anything on Wheels” Sale

Originally published in the April 2017 OSCAR.

It’s time for the Hopewell Avenue Public School, “Anything on Wheels” Consignment Sale – Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 9am to noon. The sale is a great opportunity to pass on your gently used spring/summer gear to a good home, make a profit, and support our two largest community schools – Hopewell Ave. PS and Glebe Collegiate.

Here’s how it works: Roll your goods (bikes, strollers, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters etc.) on down to Hopewell Ave PS garage, Saturday April 29th, from 2-5pm. Friendly parent and student volunteers will help you unload, set a price, choose the school to support (Hopewell/Glebe), tag and display your items. Sunday, April 30th, beginning at 9am, volunteers will sell your equipment while you relax and enjoy your day or, even better, shop for new wheels at the sale. Once the sale ends, come by and pick up your profits and any unsold goods.

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Show “PIG in the CITY - Marvelous Realism” in the Loo not the Louvre at Life Of Pie

Originally published in the April 2017 OSCAR.

Helene Lacelle and I have added a completely new set of “PIG in the CITY - Marvelous Realism” art pieces at Life of Pie on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South. 

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The Fishing Rapids

Originally published in the April 2017 OSCAR.

Al Williams was born and raised in Old Ottawa South. A WWII Pilot, a PhD, a world traveller, at 94 years of age he has stories, lots of stories and he has written an autobiography. He regularly drives himself to the Firehall where he participates in classes. My project, after meeting with him, was simply to extract a good Old Ottawa South story and re-format it to fit into OSCAR.

My parents came to their home at 124 Fentiman Avenue in 1922 and I was born on September 22 of that year. My father’s brother, my Uncle Bob, moved in with us soon after and he never did find a way to move out. My sister Emily was 12 years older than I, so I was like an only child. That was our little family.

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Hidden Business: Services for OOS Residents by OOS Residents

Originally published in the April 2017 OSCAR.

Although the commercial area in our neighbourhood is relatively small and well defined, there are a large number of businesses that operate in Old Ottawa South without many of us knowing about their existence. Many of these – often one-person – businesses rely on word-of-mouth advertising or are only discovered when one is explicitly looking for a particular service.

Over the years we have discovered a few of these hidden businesses, either directly as clients or through friends and neighbours. In this month’s Business Beat I want to highlight four such businesses.

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Celebrating Diversity Through Indigenous Voices

Albert Dumont jpOriginally published in the March 2017 OSCAR.

Our nation's 150th birthday provides us with an excellent opportunity to shine a light on Indigenous singer-songwriters, musicians, storytellers and artists. Their music and songs recount the history of Canada's Indigenous Peoples in the hope of unifying with all Canadians. This spring, the 6th annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival has scheduled several Indigenous artists who will take listeners on a journey of hope, loss, fear and determination through songs, storytelling and poetry.

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